Ruling Class 101 and the Coup That Wasn’t

We’re not ones to subscribe to popular world views, even those held on  the left. So, in our latest episode, Green and Red dive deep into the  history and politics of the American Ruling Class, coups at other points  in history,  and the great coup of 2020 (that wasn’t).

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We start off with a conversation about what is a coup and not a coup. We  talk about coups in places like Indonesia in 1965, Chile in 1973, and  in other points of history; and how the end of the Trump regime has yet to constitute what is considered “coup.”     Continue reading “Ruling Class 101 and the Coup That Wasn’t”

Bob Talks About the Fun Part of the Sixties! (and the Right-Wing Backlash to It)

The latest U.S. history lecture from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.

He starts with the fun part, the Counterculture, which includes protest music; Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll; the riots at Stonewall and gay liberation; plus the real counterculture stuff like LSD,  Age of Aquarius and Woodstock.

And then gets into the right wing backlash: that includes Nixon and Law and Order, the southern strategy. The New Right. Nixon and Detente and Vietnamization. Continue reading “Bob Talks About the Fun Part of the Sixties! (and the Right-Wing Backlash to It)”

Buzzanco: New Left, the Anti-War Movement and Participatory Democracy

The latest U.S. history lecture from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.

In this lecture he talks about the New Left and Participatory Democracy. It’s origins with C. Wright Mills, SDS, Port Huron Statement. The eruption of the Free Speech Movement, Mario Savio. The emergence of a mass Antiwar Movement.

As well as Chicano Movement–Cesar Chavez, Reies Tijerina, Brown Berets. And the Women’s Liberation–Friedan, Miss America Protest, Abortion Rights. Protest Music–Dylan, Rolling Stones.

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Is Your Outrage Pure?

cross-posted from Afflict the Comfortable

by Prof. Bob Buzzanco

Planned Election Protests Shouldn’t Have Been Postponed

First, there’s not going to be a “coup” or any other type of stolen election.  The hysterics surrounding this issue have frankly become embarrassing on the Left.  No reason to go into the particulars here (though I did in a lengthy piece a few weeks ago), but it’s not going to happen.  Trump won’t be president after January 20th, 2021.

But coup-or-no-coup is a pretty weak line on gauging political success. The standard for Pass/Fail shouldn’t be the worst possible outcome—the actual theft of government power.  The way some people are sizing this up, anything short of tanks rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue flying Confederate flags with the Proud Boys and Q him- or her-self leading the attack with Kid Rock providing the marching music would be a victory. Continue reading “Is Your Outrage Pure?”

The Big Five-Oh Pt 2. “Where Does the Left Go From Here?”

Our fiftieth episode was such a BFD, that we made it a two parter.

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In part two, we get into the aftermath of the election and discuss where do we go from here when 70 million Americans voted for the racist and right-wing policies of Donald Trump, the Democrats’ “Misleadership Class” that continues to fail masses of people, the Coup That Wasn’t and how grassroots organizers saved the day.

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Buzzanco: Backlash to the Civil Rights Movements, Black Power, Urban Uprisings and Questioning Authority

The latest U.S. history lecture from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.

In this lecture, Dr. Buzzanco gets into the backlash to Civil Rights. Northern Rage, Malcolm X, Black Power/Black Panthers; Urban uprisings; Poor People’s Campaign; MLK’s transition. As well as a discussion on the 1960s–Commodification and Questioning Authority.

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The History of the Modern Civil Rights Movement

The latest U.S. history lecture from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.

In this lecture, we hear about the Modern Civil Rights Movement. In the courts and in the streets. Brown v. Board, Montgomery Bus Boycott, emergence of MLK. Sit-Ins and SNCC; Freedom Rides, Birmingham, Freedom Summer. Civil and Voting Rights Acts.

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Buzzanco: Vietnam and Civil Rights

The latest U.S. history lecture from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.

In the latest segment, Dr. Buzzanco gets into the Vietnam War. Including US involvement; Buddhist uprising; Gulf of Tonkin; Guerrilla War; My Lai; Tet; Vietnamization; Victory of the Revolution; Antiwar Movement; MLK’s A Time to Break the Silence.

He also talks about the Modern Civil Rights Era: The Modern Civil Rights Era, Racism, Law, Violence, the Economy–through Slavery and segregation to Black Lives Matter. Continue reading “Buzzanco: Vietnam and Civil Rights”

The Big Five-Oh Pt 1. Plus “Where Does the Left Go From Here?”

Bob and Scott celebrate the 50th episode of the Green and Red Podcast. They discuss past episodes, themes of the show like liberal reformist politics, people-powered organizing and an autonomous left.

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The Other Fifties with Professor Bob Buzzanco

The latest U.S. history lecture from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.

In this lecture he discusses “The Other 1950s”; Beatniks (Ginsberg, Kerouac, Burroughs). Rebels in film–James Dean and Brando. The sexual revolution of Kinsey and Hefner. Plus Mad Magazine.

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